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Management Bulletin 12-19


Child Development Division

Subject: Enrollment of Over-income Families in Pre-Kindergarten Family Literacy Classrooms Number: 12–19

Authority: Chapter 38, Statutes of 2012 (Senate Bill 1016)

Date: October 2012

Expires: June 30, 2013

Attention: Executive Officers and Program Directors of California State Preschool Programs
PURPOSE

This Management Bulletin (MB) is to provide clarification on what action to take for those over-income families enrolled in a California State Preschool Program (CSPP), which formerly used the Pre-Kindergarten Family Literacy (PKFL) program requirements.

AUTHORITY                        

Chapter 38, Statutes of 2012 (Senate Bill (SB) 1016), repealed California Education Code (EC) sections 8238.1, 8238.2, 8238.3, 8238.5, and 8238.6 to eliminate the program requirements unique to CSPPs receiving PKFL funding. It also amended EC Section 8238.4 to eliminate the provision that allowed CSPPs receiving PKFL funding to enroll families whose income exceeded income eligibility threshold limits with no limitation on income, so long as such families did not constitute more than 20 percent of all families enrolled. 

EC Section 8235(c) allows part-day CSPPs to enroll families whose income exceeds the income eligibility threshold, so long as it does not exceed the threshold by more than fifteen percent, and so long as such families do not constitute more than 10 percent of all families enrolled.

EC Section 8237 allows part-day CSPPs to certify a family’s eligibility up to 120 days prior to the beginning of the program year.

BACKGROUND

MB 12-16 provided information on the changes to eligibility rules for contractors operating PKFL classrooms to make them identical to the CSPP requirements. The MB advised CSPP contractors that the over-income exception for part-day services (including PKFL funded classrooms) was limited to those families whose income exceeds the income eligibility threshold by no more than 15 percent and that over-income families could not constitute more than 10 percent of all contracted slots throughout the year.

Some contractors may have enrolled children whose families exceeded the 15 percent over-income limitation in their part-day PKFL classrooms during May and June of 2012, based on the law as it existed prior to enactment of SB 1016.

POLICY

Children from over-income families who were enrolled during May and June of 2012 to participate in a 2012–13 part-day PKFL classroom should continue to receive services based on the law that existed at the time of their enrollment. Please do not disenroll these children.

Children enrolled on or after July 1, 2012, must adhere to the new requirements described in MB 12-16. A family whose income was over 15 percent of the income threshold (85 percent of State Median Income) at the time of enrollment, should be disenrolled.

Contractors whose enrollment of over-income families exceeds 10 percent of their total contracted slots should contact their assigned Child Development Field Services Consultant for further direction.

Questions regarding the information in this MB should be addressed to your Child Development Field Services Consultant or by phone at 916-322-6233.

This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.

Questions:   Child Development Division | 916-322-6233
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